There's something fascinating about shadow boxes. The little nooks and crannies that invite you in to discover treasures hidden when viewed from afar. I like to think of them as different rooms in a mysterious house.
When I was little, my grandparents owned a home in Detroit. It was a bungalow in a very old neighborhood. The upstairs attic was a typical bungalow "peaked" room that had all of these amazing little passageways and storage areas at a child's height. The room was painted robin's egg blue and had hard wood floors. I remember the room smelling of old paint and furniture wax.
My grandparents kept a large steamer trunk up there which held treasures from their travels over seas (boy would I love to get my hands on that trunk now!) The front of the room (directly under the peak) had a small window with a chair in front of it. I loved looking out that window directly into the trees that stood in front of the house. I thought it was magical.
The doll factory shadow box was inspired by that room....................